EasyPress Heat Map

EasyPress vs. Heat Press vs. Iron: Which One Is for You?

February 16th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

If you love working with iron-on, you have probably looked at our EasyPress and wondered if it's a must-have for your crafting collection, or if you would be better off with an iron or heat press. Let's explore some of the pros and cons of each type.

Irons

Irons can do more than just get the wrinkles out of your clothes; they can be used to adhere iron-on and help with other crafts. They don't take up much room comparatively, so can be worked into many households.

PROS: 

  • It's very portable, which is great when you want to craft on the go.
  • Many people already own one.
  • The least expensive option on average of the three

CONS:

  • The temperature can vary wildly throughout the surface of the plate. You might end up with iron-on that doesn't stick as well as it could. It could also be scorched.
  • A small surface means you will have to move it several times potentially to cover your entire design.
  • Since it sits upright while in use, a hot surface is exposed that can lead to burns.

Heat Press

If you have a small crafting business, you've likely considered buying a heat press. These machines consist of a base and two plates. You place your product between the plates, close, then let the heat and pressure adhere the iron-on to your item.

PROS

  • Large work surface
  • Heat and pressure make results last longer and adhere better than an iron

CONS

  • Not as portable as the other options
  • Since both plates are heated, you would have to be extra careful not to be burned. 
  • Most expensive on average between the three options

EasyPress

We designed the EasyPress to have the convenience of an iron with the durability of a heat press. Since the temperature is even throughout, firm pressure while pressing down is all you need for lasting results. It's so easy to craft with iron-on when you use this!

PROS:

  • Even heating throughout the surface for better results than an iron
  • Portable
  • Safer and less expensive than a heat press
  • Larger surface than an iron
  • Comes with an insulated safety base to protect from burns while crafting

CONS:

  • Not as large a surface as a heat press
  • Costs more than many irons

Which one(s) do you own? What would you add as pros or cons for each? Tell us below!

Learn how to use Design Space with our webinar

New to Design Space? Watch Our Webinars!

January 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Perhaps you are completely new to the world of Cricut and don't know where to go to get started. You might be one of our long-time customers who is upgrading from a previous model and now needs to learn how to use Cricut Design Space. Maybe you just want to review from the beginning to make sure you know every nuance of our software.
 
We've got you covered!

Attend Our Webinar

Come learn the basics of Design Space in a webinar! In this on-demand webinar by Kestin, our Director of Education and Experience, you will learn the basic functionality and tools of Cricut's Design Space home page and canvas plus lots of resources for help and learning. Have a pen and paper handy for taking notes as you watch.
 
With this new knowledge, you can get started on that project you've been excited to try or find one to craft in our Ready-to-Make section.

Click here to watch Part A today!

You can also now sign up for Part B which will be held on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM MST. If you can't make it then, we will have a link soon for you to watch it on-demand. Register here.

Learn on YouTube

You can also subscribe to our Official YouTube channel to use as another great resource to learn Design Space. You can watch Cricut Design Space tutorials for beginners and get started on some simple projects like an iron-on T-shirt, pop-up card, fabric banner, vinyl label and more.
 
There are also tutorials on crafting materials like washi tape and vinyl, changing out blades and using pens, fun projects like a 3-D dinosaur head and so much more!
 
What level are you at in Design Space - Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced? Let us know in the comments below!
Learn more about the new image upload feature in our Design Space iOS App

Uploading Images on iOS is Here!

November 21st, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

I know I am not the only one out there that is excited about the latest iOS app update. We know you have been wanting the ability to upload images from your iPhone or iPad and now that capability has arrived which makes us all feel like this:

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

So now that it is here, let’s look at how it works.

Image upload works directly with your camera or camera roll, so you can use any type of file that would be found in your Photo Library. This means you can take a picture and send it straight into Design Space. 

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

Once you take your picture or choose your image from your camera roll, you will be taken to the clean portion of the process. I just took a picture of some hand-lettering I have been working on.

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

From here I have access to all the tools that the computer software has (remove, erase, and crop), plus a few more!

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

If you move the circle toward the plus or minus it will remove more or less of the background. This is a really useful tool when you are working with more complex images such as pictures. The little box in the upper right corner is your cut preview. No need to toggle back and forth here!

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

After you take out what you don’t want, click next and you will be taken to my new favorite feature! The despeckle and smooth page! Because I just took a picture from my phone, there are bound to be a few pixels here and there. Despeckle erase the smallest pieces first getting rid of the small flecks that were hard to see. Next comes smooth. Now if I am being honest with myself (and you,) I don’t have the steadiest of hands yet as I am hand lettering. This is why smooth is so great, it takes away the rough edges.

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

From here you save it to the cloud as a Cut image or a Print Then Cut image.

That’s it, folks. It is that easy to upload images from your iOS device!

Let us know in the comments below just how excited you are about image upload and what type of things you will be uploading to make projects.

Use the EasyPress for your Iron-on Crafts

Enjoy Even Heating With the Cricut EasyPress

October 12th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Have you been eyeing our new Cricut EasyPres, wondering if you should add it to your crafting collection?

Traditionally, there have been two options that crafters could use for applying iron-on vinyl: an iron or a heat press.

  • The home iron has the convenience of portability and can be fairly inexpensive. However, it may take several passes to make sure you cover the entire design. You also often need to apply a LOT of pressure to make sure the vinyl actually sticks since the heating surface temperatures can vary wildly.
  • Many small business crafters upgrade to a heat press. These machines usually have a clamshell type of design that allows you to apply heat and pressure evenly across your entire project. However, they can be bulky, expensive, and hot to use.

What Makes the EasyPress Unique?

The EasyPress combines the best of both worlds, offering even heating in a portable package. We made sure to create heating elements that spread throughout the machine to keep the temperatures within a close range across the entire surface. This means you will enjoy improved results from your efforts.

We have included a handy temperature and time chart in the box to help you get just the right settings for your materials. Set the timer so you know how long you need to keep pressing. That's another great feature; you don't have to press down extra hard like you would with an iron. Just apply firm pressure and wait for the vinyl to cool down before you remove it. 

It's also a safer option to have around the house if you compare it to a heat press (especially if you have kids around!). Those machines have you placing your materials between two hot plates. With the EasyPress, you have a big flat surface with a handle on top. It also has a safety shut-off after 10 minutes so you don't need to wonder if you forgot and left it plugged in.

But Will The Transfer Last Through Washes?

Another advantage of the heat press over an iron is that the results usually do better at staying intact through multiple washes. Can the EasyPress stand up to this test? The answer is Yes! Of course, results are dependent on what products you use, how you apply it and how you do your laundry, but in our tests, the vinyl stayed on through over 40 washes and counting. The even heating means a better chance that all of the vinyl will adhere and not come loose down the road.

Take it to your next baby shower and create a onesie customization station.  If you have a craft business, imagine having an EasyPress at your next craft show, allowing you to create for your customers right then and there. Make shirts for your sports team. There are so many possibilities!

 

Have you tried the Easy Press yet? How are your wash results? Tell us in the comments below!

Cricut Maker machine FIT contest

Cricut Launches “Project Maker” Contest at the Fashion Institute of Technology

October 5th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

With the launch of Cricut Maker™, our goal is to open up more possibilities for makers across creative categories. One way we’re bringing this to life is by launching a scholarship contest with the Fashion Institute of Technology, a leading institution for education in art, design, business and technology based in New York.

Students participating in the scholarship contest are from the Accessories Design and Home Products Development departments. Students will design and create original accessories collections for fashion and home décor using Cricut Maker. Winners will receive scholarship prizes and the opportunity to have their collections featured in Design Space – where everyone in our community will have access to recreate their collections.

FIT faculty incorporated “Project Maker” in their Home Products Development and Accessories Design curricula for the Fall semester. Accessories created by students can consist of original goods (a leather clutch, for instance) or designs that can be applied to existing items (e.g., an original pattern that can be used to embellish a purchased clutch).

The challenge for the students is to utilize their talent and advanced skills as upcoming professionals to create a collection of designs that can be replicated by the everyday, non-professional maker.

“FIT is home to some of the most talented design-minded students in the world, and we can’t wait to see how they will stretch the boundaries of what Cricut Maker can do,” said Ashish Arora, CEO of Cricut. “Our mission is to help people lead creative lives. I’m confident that as we watch their collections take shape, these future designers will push us even further to elevate the creative experience for all of our customers, from daily makers to entrepreneurs.”

Contest finalists will be given a Cricut Maker, Cricut EasyPress™, Cricut BrightPad ™, as well as a gift card for buying supplies. Finalists will present to a panel of judges in December and the winners will be announced two weeks later.

Make sure you look out on the Cricut blog for results from the contest in the coming weeks. We’re so excited to share with you what these innovative students will produce using Cricut Maker.

Some of the new fonts in Cricut Access

Meet Some of the New Fonts in Cricut Access!

September 27th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Fonts can make or break a project, so it's important to find just the right one. We've recently added SO many new fonts to our Cricut Access subscription plan to help you do just that! I'll be introducing 15 of them in this post, but the full list includes:

  • DiN 1451 Com EngSchrift
  • Diskus Std Bold
  • Dom Casual Std Regular
  • Drescher Grotesk BT Std Roman
  • Eagle Bold
  • Edwardian Com Medium
  • Enviro Com
  • Equinox Com
  • Farfel Pencil
  • Fling Std
  • Floridian Script Std Regular
  • Fraktur Std Regular
  • Frances Uncial Com
  • Galaxy Std Regular
  • Geometric 231 Std Roman
  • Ginko Regular
  • Grace
  • Grafiko Com Regular
  • Gravura Com
  • Hand Drawn Std
  • HighScript 40 Regular
  • Highlight Std
  • Huxley Vertical Std Regular
  • ITC fonts
  • Italia Std Book
  • Jacoby Extra Light
  • Kidprint Pro Regular
  • Koala Com Light
  • Lemonade Bold
  • Letter Gothic Std Regular
  • Liberty Regular
  • Liberty Script Std Regular
  • Libra Std Regular
  • Linotype fonts (all of them)
  • Mahogany Script Std Regular
  • Malibu Std
  • Masqualero Pro DemiBold
  • Mercurius Script Std Bold
  • Ophelia Std Italic
  • Pablo Std
  • Paddington Regular
  • Parisian Std Regular
  • Peignot Std Light
  • Pendry Script Std
  • Pepita Std Regular
  • Posterama Pro 1913 Light
  • Prague Std
  • Pritchard Com Regular
  • Quill Std Regular Quitador Sans Pro Regular
  • Reaper BT Std Roman
  • Rebekah Pro Italic
  • Reporter #2 Std Regular
  • Republik Serif 3 Alt
  • Rialto Regular
  • Richie Regular
  • Rockwell Std Roman
  • Rusticana Roman
  • Sackers Gothic Std Medium
  • Santa Fe Std
  • Saussa Pro Regular
  • Scotch Roman Std Roman
  • Seagull Std Light
  • Shamrock Regular
  • Sho Std Roman
  • Sinah Com Bold
  • Stilla Regular
  • Tango Regular
  • Teebrush Paint Std Regular
  • Terry Junior Basic
  • Typewriter Std Regular
  • Utah WGL Condensed
  • Vivaldi Com
  • Wade Sans Light Com
Eagle Bold is a new Cricut Access font

This bold font will certainly stand out for you! Use it when you want a crisp clear statement.

Fling Std Font

Fling Std is a beautiful script font that will work well for weddings, home decor and more! In the bottom version, I decreased the letter spacing and ungrouped to letters so I could attach it together.

Galaxy Std Regular Font

This futuristic font would look great on space birthday party invitations and other projects in a galaxy far away.

Ginko Regular Font

If you want a font with a bit of an Asian flair, try Ginko Regular for your next project.

Hand Drawn Std Font

Give your art a handmade look with the Hand Drawn Std font.

Kidprint Pro Regular Font

Kidprint Pro Regular would be perfect for a classroom, wouldn't it? You could also use this for projects like a baby book, growth chart, and anything else for kids.

Koala Com Light Font

Koala Com Light is a straightforward font with a modern touch.

Liberty Script Std Regular

Remember to use letter spacing and the Ungroup to Letters functions to make Liberty Script Std Regular look just the way you need for your project.

Ophelia Std Italic Font

Use Ophelia Std Italic to make it look like you hand-lettered your project using calligraphy without having to know how! Ungroup to letters and fix the spacing as you see fit.

Paddington Regular Font

This font does remind me of the cover of a book about a certain well-loved bear. Use it to add just a bit of curve to your design.

Pepita Std Regular Font

With fonts like Pepita Std Regular, you don't need to worry if your handwriting is up to par. Use this to add an elegant touch.

Rusticana Roman Font

If you want a font that is all upper case, try Rusticana Roman for your next crafting adventure.

Seagull Std Light Font

Seagull Std Light is a great font for many of your projects as the lettering is easy to read.

Shamrock Regular Font

Shamrock Standard is another way to add a calligraphy flair without the knowledge or effort. Try this one when you're addressing wedding invitations, for example.

Tango Regular Font

I love the rounded look of the letters in Tango Regular.

Vivaldi Com Font

Vivaldi Com will take your project to the next level with its artistic swishes. Do ungroup to letters and change spacing as needed.

Which font would be perfect for your next project? Tell us in the comments below!

Find out the key differences between the Cricut Maker and Explore Air 2 Machines

What Makes Cricut Maker™ Different from Explore? We’re Glad You Asked…Plus 15 Other Top Questions.

September 18th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The Cricut Maker has been on the market for almost one month. Here are the top questions we are getting about our latest addition to the Cricut Family:

First … Will there be different colors of Cricut Maker? This is the top question? Well, not really, but it gets asked a LOT. The answer: We love Cricut Maker’s sleek design and plan to keep it a simple-but-elegant color palette for now.

For more top questions, please read on. If you don’t see an answer here, please be in touch with our Customer Care team.

1. How is the Cricut Maker different from the Cricut Explore line?

It’s smarter & cuts more. It cuts a wider variety of materials, papers, fabrics, and thicknesses with a greater degree of precision and control than many professional cutting machines (that cost a lot more!).

It is designed with our new Adaptive Tool System™. This new feature brings together three major technologies that give Cricut Maker professional-class cutting versatility and performance.

  1. It delivers 10 times (4 kilograms) or more cutting force than our Explore line.
  2. It uses a sophisticated steering system to actively control the direction of the blade at all times.
  3. It intelligently adjusts the pressure of the blade to match the material, even after multiple cut passes.
  4. It also tests to be sure that you are using the correct blade before it starts cutting and it tells you to change it if not.
  5. And … drum-roll please: the system is built to add new tools in the future, so that the Cricut Maker grows with you as you tackle new and exciting projects.

Other differences … quickly … no dial, rather all the details are in Design Space. Those details are transmitted to the Cricut Maker wirelessly. And, for sewists it marks patterns with a washable pen – wait, what?!

2. Can I use my existing blades in the new Cricut Maker?

Yes! You can use the Fine Point, Deep Point, and Bonded Fabric blades and housings in both Explore and Maker.

3. Can I use the new rotary & knife blades in the Cricut Explore machine?

No, but here’s why: The Rotary and Knife Blades are part of the Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System (see question 1!).

4. Is it just for people who sew? What’s the “big deal” with sewing and the Cricut Maker?

It’s for every maker! Cricut Maker is for everyone who is passionate about paper or fabric arts crafting, as well as sewing. What’s the big deal for sewists?

  • It’s our first machine that can cut fabric without a backing, which opens up so many possibilities for sewists as well as any crafter who wants to add dimension and texture to their projects.
  • And, get this: it marks your patterns with a washable fabric pen – how cool is that?!

5. What materials can it cut?

You name it and we’ve probably tested it! Cricut Maker cuts everything the Explore machines can cut and much, much more. It cuts everything from crepe paper and Mulberry paper to fine fabrics, like lace and chiffon to leather, to matboard and balsa wood. Cricut Maker also cuts traditional craft materials such as cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on.

6. Does it require a computer/internet?

Yes, it does. The Cricut Maker is used with our Design Space software on a computer, iOS device, or Android device (US only) … and, Design Space requires an internet connection.

7. Can I use the sewing patterns on my Explore?

This is where the Rotary Blade comes in. All of the new ready-to-make patterns are designed specifically for Cricut Maker. These patterns use non-bonded fabrics, which can only be cut using the Rotary Blade. If you’re using fabric on Explore, you’ll have to use bonded fabric, which the Fine Point Blade cuts effectively.

8. Can I modify my patterns?

Yes, you can modify your own patterns, but you cannot modify most pre-made patterns in Design Space, such as Simplicity or Riley Blake Designs. This is because these patterns are scaled to fit together perfectly.

9. Where do I find patterns in Design Space?

Under “Projects.” When you click on a project, under the title it says whether it’s designed specifically for Cricut Maker. From the Projects tab on the Design Space canvas, you can select a category and search for something specific, for example, “Riley Blake Designs” or “Simplicity.”

10. Do cartridges work with Cricut Maker? How do I use my cartridges with this machine?

Yes. To use your cartridges with the Cricut Maker, you just need to link them to your account. If you have already linked them to your account through your Explore or other Cricut machine, they will already be there for you in Design Space as long as you use the same Cricut ID to sign in that you used when linking the cartridges. There is no need to link them again.

If you haven’t linked your cartridges to yet, we will be coming out with a cartridge adapter later this year. The cartridge adapter will connect directly to your computer to give you digital access to your cartridges. In the meantime, if you don’t have a way to link your cartridges, contact our Customer Care Team for assistance.

11. Is Design Space the same for the Cricut Maker as for the Explore?

Indeed. You use the same URL to access it and the same Cricut ID to sign in. A big difference, however, is that Cricut Maker does not have a SmartSet dial. When you are instructed to cut using a Cricut Maker, the Set Material, Load Tools and Mat steps will look slightly different, as you can now set up your project on one screen. You select the material and our software does the rest.

12. Can I use the Washable Fabric Pen with Cricut Explore?

Yes, you can. However, because the Washable Fabric Pen marks on sewing patterns specifically designed for Cricut Maker, the pen won’t mark your patterns but can simply be a water-soluble drawing tool.

13. Can I use the pink fabric mat in my Explore machine?

Yes, but fabric must be bonded or stabilized because the Cricut Explore Family uses a drag motion for cutting.

14. Can I use the bonded fabric blade in my Explore?

Yes. It’s exactly the same as the regular fine point blade, just pink so you can tell at a glance which are your “fabric scissors” and which you use for other materials.

15. What does it cost? What comes in the box?

For $399 you get all of this: A Cricut Maker and Rotary Blade + Drive Housing, Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing, Fine-Point Pen, FabricGrip™ Mat, LightGrip™ Mat, Welcome book, USB cable, Power adapter, Cricut Access™ free trial membership, 50 free ready-to-make projects (including 25 sewing patterns), and materials for a practice project. You can buy it here or at our retail partners!

Cricut is excited to announce their partnership with Riley Blake Designs

New Quilting BFFs: Cricut and Riley Blake Designs

August 18, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

So many of us have fond memories of at least one quilt in our lifetime. Perhaps it's the one that your grandma made for you when you were born and it became a cherished companion that you took EVERYWHERE. Maybe your college roommate made you a special quilt for your wedding that contained little inside jokes. It could have been one that helped give you much-needed comfort while you were ill.

With our new Cricut Maker, you too can be a quilt maker and memory giver if you aren't already! We are excited to be working with Riley Blake Designs to bring you fantastic digitized quilting patterns for any occasion. They have been designing gorgeous prints in many different types of fabric since 2008 and also offer coordinating notions and sewing project kits.

Quilting Simplified

Have you ever been intimidated by the process it takes to start piecing together a quilt? Just cutting out simple squares from each fabric and keeping track to ensure that you have enough can be such a chore. If you are trying to use a paper pattern, imagine pinning, cutting, and unpinning many times until you have enough.

Riley Blake Designs is making it so much easier by digitizing lovely quilting patterns that tell the Cricut Maker exactly how many pieces of each fabric you will need and how to lay it out on the mat. Use the attached assembly instructions that they have included with each project and you'll be on your way to sewing it all together in a flash!

We can't wait to see which Riley Blake Designs patterned quilts you will create with your Cricut Maker! Here are a few of the patterns that we already have up to help get you inspired:

Making a quilt for a special wee one that is coming into your life? Try one of these baby quilt patterns, like the Around the Block Baby Quilt. If you were doing this by hand, you would have to worry about cutting out up to 7 different prints per block - whew!

Point them in the right direction with the Arrows Baby Quilt.

Keep it simple and sweet with the Around We Go Baby Quilt.

Sip hot cocoa and read a good book while nestled under the Big Star Throw.

Keep warm while you wrap your holiday gifts with the All Wrapped Up Throw.

Which one of these did you like best? Do you have a favorite Riley Blake pattern or print? Tell us in the comments below!

We are celebrating the partnership of Cricut and Simplicity!

A Match Made in Heaven: Cricut and Simplicity

August 11, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

Along with the unveiling of the Cricut Maker, our revolutionary machine that will greatly expand your crafting possibilities, we are incredibly pleased to announce our new partnership with Simplicity. Since 1927, they have provided printed patterns that opened up the world of sewing to many more people. Instead of having to figure out how to create their own design, crafters could now just pick up one by Simplicity. Many used these patterns to sew their own clothes, decorate the home, and even open businesses that helped them provide for their families.

Traditionally, sewing involves several time-consuming steps just to get your fabric ready.

  • First, you cut out the pattern included in the envelope. Since there can be several sizes included, you have to make sure you get the right one and find all of the pieces.
  • Next, you get to pin it to your fabric, making sure you place it just right to use the least amount of fabric and keep it on the grain (the direction the threads run in the fabric) lest it stretch out while you're trying to sew.
  • The third step is to cut it all out. You have to keep your hand steady and follow the pattern exactly.
  • Finally, you unpin everything and put the pattern away. Naturally, it's difficult to ever get it to fit back into the envelope again.

Welcome to the Future of Sewing

With this new partnership, cutting out your fabric is a breeze! Simply go into Design Space, choose the Simplicity pattern that you wish to make, and place the fabric onto the mat according to the directions. The Cricut Maker will take care of the cutting for you! Put in one of our new washable fabric pens and it will also mark up how the different pieces should go together.

The world of sewing is poised to grow exponentially! Check out some of the ways:

  • Parents can teach their children how to sew at an early age.
  • Crafters who had to give up cutting out fabric due to injury or illness can enjoy their favorite hobby again.
  • People who were previously intimidated by the intricacies of sewing can be emboldened to give it a try.
  • Small sewing business owners can streamline their production.

Check out some of the cute patterns that we already have up and keep watching for the hundreds that we will be adding as we continue to work with Simplicity.

Imagine making clothes for your children, starting with this adorable jumper that is trimmed with ric rac.

Or perhaps you'd like to make pants and a belt for a toddler.

Need a cute top for a hot summer day? Make your own cropped corset.

Don't forget the family pet! Go steampunk with this dog hat with gears.

Simplicity offers more than clothing, of course. This gingerbread man ornament would be a perfect holiday project to do with your children.

We are so excited for the opportunity to bring digital versions of Simplicity's patterns to the sewing world and can't wait to see what you make!

What is your favorite new Simplicity pattern in Design Space? Which ones do you want to see added? Tell us in the comments below!

Meet the new Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker is Here!

August 2, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

Over the past eleven years, we’ve watched with wonder as you’ve utilized Cricut’s suite of machines, tools, software, and materials to turn your creative dreams into amazing, awe-inspiring realities.

Today marks a milestone for the Cricut brand as we introduce you to three revolutionary new products...

Meet the new Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker,™ the ultimate smart cutting machine, featuring never-before-seen technology in the desktop maker space. It cuts more materials, incorporates more tools, and offers you more possibilities than ever before.

The Cricut Easy Press will help you succeed with your iron on projects

Cricut Easy Press™, a home heat press that focuses on professional iron-on results, a large heating surface, simple controls for heating on different materials, and thoughtful safety features.

The Cricut BrightPad will help you weed your projects better!

Cricut BrightPad™, offering a thin, light, and evenly bright surface to make things like weeding vinyl, artist tracing, and jewelry making easier and more enjoyable.

We are so excited about all of our new products and will be sharing tutorials and information about them in the coming weeks.

But First, Meet Cricut Maker

With Cricut Maker, you’ll now be able to cut hundreds of materials with precision and ease. You’ll have access to the revolutionary Adaptive Tool System™, an expandable suite of tools that grows with you as you master each new craft.

We’ve modernized the sewing process with the Cricut Rotary Blade, which enables you to quickly and accurately cut fabric directly on the Cricut mat without any backing material. Create beautiful sewing projects with any fabric of your choice, from silk to lace, and even burlap, in mere seconds, all with incredible ease. And you’ll love using our new Knife Blade, which seamlessly cuts through chipboard, balsa wood, thick leathers and more.

But with more tools, we also want to bring you more project inspiration, and so we’re thrilled to now offer a digital sewing pattern library, directly in Design Space, where you can access hundreds of patterns, all available to cut instantly, from quilts to clothing, to stuffed animals and baby clothes. We partnered with Simplicity, the leader in sewing patterns for nearly a century, to offer hundreds of sewing patterns directly in Design Space. You can also find amazing modern Riley Blake Designs quilt patterns in our suite of patterns as well. Find some of your old favorites, and so many new patterns to love.

The Cricut Maker builds upon the Explore Air 2 with the introduction of the new Adaptable Tool System™. With the Cricut Maker, you can use the Cricut Fine Point, Deep Cut, new Rotary and Knife Blades interchangeably to expand your creative possibilities.

For more information on our new Cricut Maker and , as well as our entire family of products, visit Cricut.com.

Cricut Maker will be available August 20 for $399 in popular craft retail stores and on Cricut.com. The Knife Blade will be sold separately and hit stores and Cricut.com in 2018.

We simply cannot wait to see what you create with the Cricut Maker. We'd love to hear from you, in advance of Cricut Maker hitting shelves, what you hope to create first. Given the new freedom of creativity this machine allows, we just know you’re going to make something you really love.

With much appreciation,
The Cricut Team